Castle Hotel

The Castle on Oldham Street has been around for generations, and is perhaps most famous as the location for the oft-spouted John Peel interview with Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, circa 1979.

The Castle Hotel
The Castle Hotel

Only a few years ago I wouldn’t be recommending it for anything save a good scrap, and certainly not as a place where visitors should stick their noses in to get a flavour of Manchester. But good management can effect subtle changes and now you get the best of all worlds – trendy Northern Quarter dwellers, would-be (and full) members of the band and old skool Mancs with a Bohemian bent.

The Castle pub on Oldham Street
The Castle pub on Oldham Street

Best experienced by night. But gormless gadabouts and un-streetwise Japanese tourists might be better off visiting under cloak of daylight.

The Castle. Out on the Tiles
The Castle. Out on the Tiles